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Quiche? Sure. House salad? Sounds good. If you win the brunch for two at next month’s Kif Brown Foundation Wine Auction & Gala, feel free to order anything you want at Richard’s restaurant the next day. Well, almost anything. You might want to pass on the soup. Actor Larry Thomas will attend the March 18 wine auction at Telaya Wine Co., 240 E. 32nd St. in Garden City. The next day, he will sit down for Sunday brunch with a silent auction winner and guest. Every person at Downtown Boise’s newly opened Richard’s — waitstaff included — will be grinning and waiting. Still recognizable as the infamous, mustachioed Soup Nazi from TV’s “Seinfeld,” Tho-

mas simply has to revive his volatile character from the classic 1995 episode for a minute or two, right? “NO SOUP FOR YOU!” Is there a single one of us who hasn’t barked that line at least once in our lives? Thomas is a friend of an auction committee member with The Kif Brown Foundation, a Boise nonprofit that provides cancer patients with personalized guidance. His Soup Nazi meal is just one of the intriguing items at the silent auction. Others range from a guitar autographed by Allison Krauss and Jamey Johnson to a rod-andreel freshwater fishing trip for two anywhere in the contiguous United States. And, naturally, there will be Thomas as many notable Soup Nazi wines auctioned during the event — 150 of them from Kif Brown’s collection. Brown, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2015, was an enthusiastic wine collector. Tickets to the auction and gala are $60 at, where you’ll also find information about the foundation, spon-

On the cover “Clinch II,” ceramic sculpture by Caroline Earley, at Boise Art Museum. The Idaho Triennial art exhibit opens Saturday, page 9.

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soring, volunteering or donating an item to the event. Anybody got a puffy shirt to auction off? It sure would look good at that brunch. R.O.C.K. IN THE B.O.I.S.E. Concert tickets can be painfully spendy. But paying $75.50 to sit in the grass, enjoy a picnic and watch John Mellencamp in concert? Hurts so good. Especially when Emmylou Harris and Carlene Carter will be the opening acts. Especially when you consider that Mellencamp hasn’t performed in Boise since forever ago. (Has he played here since 1992 at the BSU Pavilion, now Taco Bell Arena?) The concert — Wednesday, June 7, at the Idaho Botanical Garden’s popular Outlaw Field — goes on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 24 at Ticketmaster. Based on the show’s 6:30 p.m. start time, Boise is in for a substantial night of dancing, anthems and memories. Mellencamp, 65, will have no shortage of ammunition. He’s the quintessential tenacious heartland rocker of the 1980s. Do these tunes make you reminisce? “Jack & Diane,” “Pink Houses,” “Crumblin’ Down,” “Authority Song,” “Cherry Bomb,” “Small Town,” “Lonely Ol’ Night,” “R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.” ... Mellencamp is the third concert confirmed this year at Outlaw Field. The other two are Santana (June 27, sold out) and Diana Krall (July 29).


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won three Grammy Awards last Sunday. Now the 23-year-old has made plans for another first: a Nampa visit. Chance will perform at 8 p.m. on Sunday, April 30, at the Ford Idaho Center. Tickets are on sale now at ICTickets for $39.50, and $59.50. The $79.50 seats are sold out. Chance the Rapper won Best New Artist, Best Rap Album and Best Rap Performance at the Grammys. The accomplishment was historic because of Chance’s unusual path to stardom. His award-winning album, “Coloring Book,” is a streaming-only release. He snagged seven Grammy nominations only after The Recording Academy eased its rules in 2016 and allowed streaming services into the mix. Chance isn’t signed to a record CHANCE THE RAPPER, label, and he gives away his muTOSH.0 CONCERTS sic. Bearing that in mind, this is Chicago hip-hop artist Chance one of those rare times that it the Rapper made history when he seems unfair to grumble about

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the price of concert tickets. Chance the Rapper drew about 800 people to the Revolution Center in Garden City in 2013. A Comedian Daniel Tosh will return for a concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, at Taco Bell Arena. Tosh, who has mocked internet videos on Comedy Central’s “Tosh.0” for nearly a decade, last visited Boise in 2010 when he headlined at the Morrison Center. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday for $45, $59.50 and $75 at Ticketmaster or the Taco Bell Arena box office. A The Descendents, a hugely influential punk band, have been booked for an 8 p.m. concert Sunday, Aug. 27, at the Revolution Center in Garden City. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday for $29.50 general admission, $59.50 VIP, at Ticketfly.

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oise chef Kris Komori has been named a semifinalist for the 2017 James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards. It’s the second year in a row that Komori, chef de cuisine at State & Lemp, 2870 W. State St., has been nominated in the Best Chef: Northwest category for his riff on modernist cuisine and Kris Komori use of local food. Being a James Beard semifinalist once is a major accomplishment. Twice? Huge. Twice in a row? Wild. Besides Komori, another Idaho chef made it to the semifinalist round this year. Chef Laurent Zirotti, who owns Fleur de Sel, 4365 Inverness Drive in Post Falls, garnered his first nomination for an award in the Best Chef: Northwest category. The French-born chef is known for his regional French bistro fare and northern Italian cuisine. No Gem State bakers were nominated for an Outstanding Baker award for 2017. Moshit Mizrachi-Gabbitas from Janjou Patisserie was a semifinalist last year. The James Beard Foundation Awards, considered to be the Oscars of the food world, were created in 1990. This year’s finalists (the short list) will be announced on March 15. The winners will be crowned on May 1

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Boise chef again nominated for James Beard Award at the James Beard Awards Gala in Chicago. It’s important to note that no Idaho chef has made it past the semifinalist round for a James Beard Award. Maybe all that will change this year. These Idaho chefs (and food enthusiasts around these parts) are surely hoping so. PAULY’S BAR ROOM AND THE KITCHEN DEBUT IN MERIDIAN Pauly’s Bar Room is now open in the former Rick’s Press Room spot,

130 E. Idaho Ave. in downtown Meridian. Owners Paul and Calleen Sitz did a quick makeover on the diminutive space to give it more of a sports bar vibe. Gone is the brightly colored paint with busy graffiti scribbled on the walls. The bar now has brown and teal tones with industrial accents, in addition to comfy chairs, more TVs, a red-felted pool table, a video golf machine and a jukebox. The taps pour a rotating array of eight craft beers

with an emphasis on the Northwest. Besides beer, Pauly’s offers wines by the glass and hand-mixed cocktails. “We’ll make whatever cocktail you want, but we don’t have a blender here,” Paul Sitz says. If you’re hungry, grab a bite from The Kitchen, a separately owned business. Chef and owner Mark Neeley opened the attached eatery on Feb. 4. “We are all working together, his crew and my crew,” Sitz says. “It’s a small place.”


The pub-inspired menu keeps it simple with affordable appetizers ($3.75$6.50) such as nachos, deep-fried mushrooms and quesadillas. Try the Blue and Orange salad ($10.50), a shout-out to Boise State University. The large entrée salad is made with greens, citrus vinaigrette, mandarin orange, blue cheese crumbles, bacon and candied walnuts, with a grilled chicken breast on top. Diners can also get burgers and sandwiches, including a fat Reuben served with crispy fries ($9.50). Neeley has plans to add chicken wings, entrées and daily specials in the coming months. Pauly’s Bar Room is open 10 a.m. to midnight Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. The Kitchen is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Online: paulysbarroom. GEISER GRAND HOTEL WINE DINNER Make reservations now for the Lodmell Cellars winemaker’s dinner ($75 per person) on March 11 at the historic Geiser Grand Hotel, 1996 Main St., in Baker City, Ore. Lodmell Cellars is an award-winning estate winery from Washington’s Walla Walla Valley that’s known for its luscious reds and bone-dry whites. Founder Kristi Lodmell will be on hand to give participants a palate-training class at 5 p.m. After the educational session, a fivecourse dinner with select wine pairings will be served from 7 to 9 p.m. Enjoy sausage-stuffed

mushrooms and Brie with pecans and apricot while sipping the winery’s 2009 Merlot, followed by a bowl of creamy seafood chowder paired with a 2014 Sauvignon Blanc. The third course is an iceberg wedge salad (draped in house-made blue cheese dressing) served with a glass of Sublime, a fruit-forward red blend made with Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere varietals. Then diners will receive a marbled slab of smoked Angus prime rib that should play well with a robust 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon. The dessert course will come in the form of whiskey bread pudding served with a port-like Late Harvest Syrah-Merlot blend. To make reservations, call (541) 523-1889. Online: CELEBRATE MARDI GRAS AT CROSSINGS WINERY Head to Glenns Ferry on Feb. 28 for the Mardi Gras Crawfish Boil at Crossings Winery, 1289 W. Madison Ave., next to Three Island Crossing State Park. The festivities kick off at 5 p.m. with wine tasting and New Orleans-themed cocktails. Then revelers will be treated to an allyou-can-eat buffet ($20 per person, tax and gratuity included) that features boiled crawfish, spicy gumbo and other dishes inspired by the Big Easy. For reservations, call (208) 366-2313. Online: Submit restaurant news to




Local brewery to open second Boise taproom Boise. That’s the former home of The Crux, an ages coffee house and beer bar that closed in 2015. With a small ocean of Founded by BreAnne oak-aged beer ready to be Hovley and her husband, tapped, Barbarian Brewing brewer James Long, Barbardoesn’t exactly find itself ian has built a loyal fan over a barrel. base by emphasizing barrelBut by late spring or early aged and sour beers. The summer, the Garden City new taproom is a way to brewery definitely will have reach more eager customa better place to pour it. ers. Less than two years after “Our Chinden taproom launching at 5270 W. Chin- does great,” Hovley says. den Blvd., Barbarian plans “But we do know a lot of to open a second taproom people — particularly North at 1022 W. Main St. in Enders, Downtown people, BY MICHAEL DEEDS


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are going to be ready within the next two months.” The Chinden location, which was expanded last spring, will remain open. But Barbarian will use its larger, higher-profile taproom Downtown to maximize its business model: Selling beer directly to customers rather than relying on the competitive wholesale market. “We’d like to keep our boutique size,” she says, “so Downtown is a way for us to be able to move our beer without having to distribute like crazy.” The Crux’s music stage has been removed, but Barbarian might host occasional live bands, Hovley says. Food will be available to drinkers whether it’s




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RECENT REVIEWS SPICE INDIAN CUISINE Indian fare From the same family that operated Madhuban in Boise from 1995 to 2005, Spice Indian Cuisine opened in summer 2016 in a Meridian strip mall next to Buffalo Wild Wings. The restaurant serves food influenced by the northern and central parts of India. The tandoori and Mughal dishes are especially good here. Start things off with crunchy pakoras and puffed-up samosas filled with a fragrant mixture of smashed potatoes and plump


peas. Address: 3223 E. Louise Drive, Meridian Phone: (208) 893-9144 Menu price range: appetizers, soups and salads $2.99-$7.99; entrées $9.99-$15.99. Reviewed: 02.10.2017 SAINT LAWRENCE GRIDIRON Regional American cuisine This gastropub has earned a loyal following since debuting in 2014. The menu explores American roots cuisine with an obvious Southern bent. Try the Carolina-style shrimp and grits served with tangy tomato-

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sausage gravy. The eatery prefers to use sweet cherry wood in its large smoker, which puts out pulled pork, brisket and anything else the cooks want to smoke. Appetizers include a smoked brisket platter, wings du jour and an unordinary poutine made with hand-cut fries, creamy Gorgonzola cheese sauce, fermented black bean reduction and cubes of tender brisket. You may want to check out the bourbon selection, too. Address: 705 W. Bannock St., Boise Phone: (208) 433-5598 Menu price range: appetizers, salads and soups $7-$10; sandwiches and entrées $9-$29. Reviewed: 01.27.2017


RED PAVILION MANDARIN CUISINE Sichuan-style Chinese food This newish Chinese restaurant, near the corner of Meridian and Overland roads, favors the delicate Mandarin-style of cooking with spicy Sichuan flair. Standout dishes include the Hunan-style street fry (a spicy pork stir fry), mu shu shrimp and pork egg fu yong. Diners can also get chewy low mein noodles and fried rice dishes. The won ton soup here is delightful. The red-rimmed pork and seeds appetizer is a good pick as well. Wash everything down with a bottle of Chinese beer. Address: 1760 S. Meridian Road, Meridian Phone: (208) 895-5880 Menu price range: appetizers and soups $2.95-$8.95; entrées and noodle dishes $7.95-$14.95; combination dinners $11.95-$26. Reviewed: 01.20.2017

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DAS ALPENHAUS DELIKATESSEN German deli and market Fans of all things German will get a kick out of this new deli and market on Vista Avenue in Boise. Besides soups, deli salads and custom-made sandwiches made with real-deal German meats and sandwich breads, the eatery offers a daily hot special (11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday-Friday) culled from a rotating lineup of Austrian and German specialties that includes spatzle with goulash, wienerschnitzel and roasted pork loin with a crispy potato pancake and tangy applesauce. Das Alpenhaus Delikatessen

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INSPECTED WITH NO VIOLATIONS Bacon on a Stick, 2017 Special Events, Meridian Ben and Jerry’s Mobile 1, 103 N. 10th St., Boise Bodacious Pig Barbecue, 34 E. State St., Eagle Boise Fry Company, 204 N. Capitol Blvd., Boise Bronco Fuel, 1400 Bronco Lane, Boise Cafe Mule, 111 W. 33rd St., Garden City Domino’s, 2273 S. Vista Ave., Ste. 100, Boise Eagle Senior and Community Center, 312 E. State St., Eagle El Korah Shriners, 1118 W. Idaho St., Boise Fairfield Inn, 3300 S. Shoshone St., Boise Fort Boise Canteen, 320 Collins Road, Boise Full Circle Farm Inc., 495 S. 15th St., Boise Great Harvest Bread Company, 12570 W. Fairview Ave., Boise It’s All About You Catering, 700 W. Jefferson St., Suite WW14, Boise Jacksons Food Stores, 9545 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City Jacksons Food Stores, 2728 S. Orchard St., Boise K-9 Bar, 2506 W. Main St., Boise Kids Are Special People, 717 N. 11th St., Boise Kono, 1550 S. Cloverdale Road, Boise Mustards, 1798 E. Kamay Drive, Meridian New York Richie’s Pizza and Sandwiches, 5865 N. Glenwood St., Garden City Pamela’s Catering, 651 N. Eagle Road, Eagle Pizza Hut, 10659 W. Fairview Ave., Boise Rusty Cup, 9846 W. State St., Star Solid, 405 S. 8th St., Ste. 100, Boise Taco Bell, 7070 W. Overland Road, Boise The Espresso Bar, 439 W. Main St., Kuna Uncle Giuseppe’s, 6826 N. Glenwood St., Garden City Walgreens, 4924 W. Overland Road, Boise



stocks a large selection of beers and wines from Central European locales. Address: 1340 S. Vista Ave., Boise Phone: (208) 426-0773 Menu price range: soups, salads and custom-made deli sandwiches $2.99-$7.99; daily hot specials $5.99-$11.99. Reviewed: 12.16.2016 MERAKI Street-style Greek cuisine This fast-casual Greek concept recently debuted in BoDo. It’s all about gyro sandwiches here. Choose from a lineup of marinated and roasted meats, including chicken, pork and an Angus beef and lamb mixture, and then pick your style of gyro chosen from a list on the reader board. Besides gyros, diners also can get Greekstyle salads and appetizers such as spanikopita (flaky spinach and feta pies) and fried cheese sticks served with a fragrant roasted red pepper marinara dipping sauce. Address: 345 S. 8th St., Boise Phone: (208) 639-1693 Menu price range: appetizers, soups and salads $3-$10; gyro sandwiches $8-$11 Reviewed: 12.09.2016 EUREKA! Upscale burger joint Eureka!, a California-based burger joint, debuted in early October along the bustling 8th Street corridor. It’s all about upscale burgers and a large selection of beers and smallbatch bourbon whiskeys here.


A ham sandwich on light rye with cheesy cauliflower soup at Das Alpenhaus Delikatessen in Boise. Treat yourself to a luxurious Bone Marrow Burger ($16.50) made on a crusty Gaston’s Bakery bun with grass-fed, grain-finished beef, bone marrow-porcini mushroom butter, mustard aioli and ovenroasted onion and tomato, served with hand-cut fries. Good appetizer picks include the handbreaded panko onion rings and grilled shishito peppers with lemon and little beads of flying fish roe. Address: 800 W. Idaho St., Boise Phone: (208) 286-4410 Menu price range: appetizers and salads $7-$14.50; taco plates, entrées and burgers $10-$24. Reviewed: 11.25.2016 OWYHEE TAVERN Upscale steak and seafood The Owyhee Tavern, the sister restaurant to Tavern at Bown

Crossing, recently debuted in the former Gamekeeper space at The Owyhee building. The high-end steak and seafood restaurant boasts a sleek, modern dining room with big booths and a street-level lounge area. Noteworthy seafood entrées include wild mushroom risotto (with Mexican white shrimp and scallops) and seared-around-theedges ahi tuna with thick ponzu reduction. The menu favors big cuts of USDA Prime grade beef from the Midwest and American Kobe beef from Idaho’s Snake River Farms. Address: 1109 Main St., Boise Phone: (208) 639-0440 Menu price range: appetizers, sides and salads $3-$100; entrées $18-$54. Reviewed: 11.11.2016

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MANFRED’S Beer-friendly pub fare Manfred’s recently debuted in the same building as Woodland Empire Ale Craft on Front Street in Boise. Owners Jason Farber (Archie’s Place food truck) and Jeff May (Bar Gernika) have come up with a concept that is fast and affordable. Sandwiches are the name of the game here. Marry a glass of Woodland Empire brew to the aptly named Beer Sandwich, constructed on Acme Bakeshop bread (made with

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BODOVINO RISTORANTE Upscale Italian fare Bodovino has enjoyed success with its card-activated wine machines since it debuted in BoDo. Now, wines geeks can have a similar experience at The Village at Meridian. Bodovino Ristorante opened there last fall, and the full-service menu goes beyond the limited wine-bar offerings in Boise. The menu bounces around the map of Italy. Try appetizers such as beef carpaccio, eggplant caponata and a selection of salumi meats. Main courses include Roman-inspired seared lamb chops, linguine with kale and salmon Amalfitano with fragrant citrus butter. Address: 3630 E. Monarch Sky Lane, The Village at Meridian Phone: (208) 887-5369 Menu price range: appetizers, side dishes, salads and sandwiches $6-$14; main courses $11-$23. Reviewed: 10.28.2016

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Boise Philharmonic with Andrés Franco and cellist Edgar Moreau 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, Brandt Center, Northwest Nazarene University, 707 Fern St., Nampa; and Saturday, Feb. 18, Morrison Edgar Center, 2201 Cesar Moreau Chavez Lane, Boise. Preconcert talks are at 7 p.m. each night. $22.50-$70.50 at or 344-7849.



ndrés Franco grew up with music — his father was his first piano teacher — but he didn’t find his way to conducting until a serendipitous turn during college. Born in Medellín, Colombia, he came to Fort Worth’s Texas Christian University in 2000 to study piano with Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Jose Feghali for his master’s degree. He was pursuing a degree in piano performance when his college adviser suggested that he take a conducting class to “broaden his horizons,” he says. “I loved orchestral music but had no interest in conducting at the time. I took the class anyway.” One day, his teacher asked him to cover a rehearsal with the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra. He agreed, and as Franco struggled, his teacher watched from the back. “It was a test,” says Franco, 39, and it became his passion. Franco earned a second master’s in conducting and launched into a successful career that took off quickly. He racks up debuts with major symphonies each season. Franco will helm the Boise Philharmonic this weekend. He is the fifth of seven candidates vying for the Boise Phil’s music director position to replace Robert Franz, who decided to step down after eight years with the orchestra. This week Franco’s been exploring Boise, working with the musicians, checking in with the Boise Phil’s Youth Orchestra and chomping at the bit to


hope and celebrate the richness of life to bookend the melancholy Elgar. “The Elgar is so beautifully sad,” Franco says. An English composer, Elgar wrote it in the aftermath of World War I and “you can feel the devastating effect it had on him,” Franco says. “It’s a very contemplative, a serious piece. So I wanted to pair it with an overture that would not be too light, but would offer hope.” He chose Verdi’s Overture to “La Forza del Destino” (“The Force of Destiny”) a piece filled with movement and beautiful melodies, he says. “It starts on a darker note in the same E minor key as the THE PROGRAM Elgar but it resolves with more Each director candidate crelight and hope,” Franco says. ated three different programs The program wraps up with around an assigned concerto. Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Franco drew rising cello star Exhibition.” Edgar Moreau, who will play “The piece has a Technicolor Edward Elgar’s beautiful and brilliance to it,” Franco says. sorrowful Cello Concerto. The “There’s humor and drama, Philharmonic board chose the even some scary places, and it specific one that will be played. ends with a big bang. It will give “I was looking for a way to us a chance to really show the showcase the musicians and give orchestra’s range, both mumyself a chance to work with as sically and emotionally.” many of them as possible,” Franco says. Dana Oland: 208-377-6442, He chose pieces that offer @IDS_DanaOland Corey Lack Pictures

Guest conductor Andrés Franco will lead the Boise Philharmonic for the Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” and Elgar’s Cello Concerto played by guest artist Edgar Moreau. Franco is the fifth of seven candidates for the Boise Phil’s music director.


Boise Philharmonic conductor search: Next up, Andrés Franco go for a hike in the Foothills. “The mountains are so beautiful,” Franco says. “My wife (Victoria Luperi, principal clarinetist for the Fort Worth Symphony) and I love the outdoors. I’m excited to have an opportunity to explore. This community has so much to offer.” Franco is the newly minted music director of the Signature Symphony at Tulsa Community College in Oklahoma and an assistant conductor at the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

For Franco, the turn toward this musical pursuit has shifted his life’s goals beyond just the music on stage. “Orchestras are important in general, and not just because of the music and entertainment,” Franco says. “There is a moral role. You’re in charge of preserving cultural values. Institutions like operas, ballets and orchestras operate as catalysts for creativity, and creativity will play a bigger role in the economy of the 21st century.”





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very three years the Boise Art Museum gives Idaho art and artists a focused contemporary exhibit. Like those shows before it, the 2017 Idaho Triennial gives an impression of what artists in the Gem State are inspired by, working on

and moving toward. This snapshot of Idaho art is filtered through the eyes of an independent, out-of-state juror, so each triennial exposes a different perspective on what’s happening. This time around the juror is John D. Spiak, director and chief curator of the Grand Central Art Center at California






State University, Fullerton, in Santa Ana, Calif. His interest in how art and

community intersect offers an interesting slice of Idaho art featured this year. Spiak selected 41 pieces by 24 of the 180 artists who entered. He will be in Boise for the Feb. 18 opening to decide the cash awards.

This Triennial shines a light on the growth and development of the Boise State University art department. Eighteen of the 24 Triennial artists earned degrees from Boise State or serve on its faculty.









Jill AnnieMargaret, Caroline Earley, John Francis and Lily Martina Lee are professors; Brooke Burton and John McMahon are adjunct instructors; Jessie Proska and Troy Passey are former adjuncts; and Pete Kutchins works as BSU’s sign shop supervisor. Eight more are BSU alumni, and one — Inna Raw — is a student. “It’s really exciting to see,” says Kathleen Keys, who heads the BSU art department. “It’s great to see our artists having an influence.” Boise State added a master’s in fine arts program in 1993. “Since then we’ve been growing and expanding by adding teachers and mediums to keep up with changing technology,” Keys said. The effort is also reflected in the number of BSU artists who are working in contemporary facets of art, such as digital mediums. Another insight the show offers is how Idaho artists are keeping pace with their peers in the region and the nation. This collection says something about art in Idaho and the Northwest, but it also speaks to what’s happening around the world, Spiak says. “Art will be influenced by where you live, but that doesn’t mean artists in Idaho don’t make work


that’s within the global dialogue. They do,” he says. “I looked for work that progresses the field forward. I was looking for things I haven’t seen before, ideas that are challenging the concepts and realities of the current art world.” ARTIST LAB For the 2017 Triennial, the museum created an Artist Lab program within the show. Triennial artists will be given a space to explore new ideas and interact with visitors. You can watch the artists work and even participate in the creative process. It’s organized into three thematic sessions: A “Time”: Saturday, Feb. 18, to Sunday, March 26, with Goran Fazil from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays; and Bryan Anthony Moore from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. A “Still Life”: Saturday, April 1, to Sunday, May 21, with Burton from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Fridays; and Geoffrey Krueger from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays. A “Fiber” will go from Saturday, May 27, to Sunday, July 16, featuring Kutchins from noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays; and Lee from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays.

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Artists by medium Ceramics: Caroline Earley. Mixed media: Thomas Finnegan, Pete Kutchins, Rachel Lambert, Lily Martina Lee, Troy Passey, Milica Popović, Jessie Proksa, Reba Robinson, and Lianne Wappett. New media: J. Casey Doyle, Goran Fazil, Chad Seelig and John McMahon. Painting: Ashley Carlson, Geoffrey Krueger, Bryan Anthony Moore and Rena Vandewater. Photography: Brooke Burton, John Francis, Lawrence Manning and Inna Raw. Works on paper: Braxton Duncan and Jill AnnieMargaret. ......................................................


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Dan Costello’s Birthday Concert: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17, Sapphire Room, The Riverside Hotel, 2900 W. Chinden Blvd., Boise. $12 general, $16 preferred. $15 and $20 at the door. Special guest: Mostly Mary.

Amaranthe: 7 p.m. Feb. 24, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. $17.50. TicketWeb. $20 day of show. Special guests: Failure Anthem, Citizen Zero, Cypher 16, Smash Into Pieces.

Morgan Page: 9 p.m. Feb. 17, Fatty’s Bar, 800 W. Idaho St., Suite 200, Boise. $30 fourth 100 sold, $35 after, $40 meet-andgreet. Ticketfly. Illenium: 8 p.m. Feb. 18, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. $17. TicketWeb. $20 day of show. Opening: Auzomatik. LED Record Release Party: 8 p.m. Feb. 18, Garden City. Details, 15 Prof: With Axiom Tha Wyze, Finding Novyon, Metsota, Willie Wonka. 8 p.m. Feb. 18, Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., Boise. $12. TicketWeb. $14 at the door. Elephant Revival: 8 p.m. Feb. 19, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. $17. TicketWeb. $20 day of show. Opening: Dead Horses. Los Temerarios: 8 p.m. Feb. 19, Ford Idaho Center, 16200 Idaho Center Blvd., Nampa. $45. ICTickets. $60 day of show. Milemarker: 7 p.m. Feb. 21, Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., Boise. $10. TicketWeb. $12 at the door. Opening: Big Jesus, Stepbrothers. Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival: Evening concerts concluding a day of student performances, hands-on clinics and professional workshops. Feb. 23-25, University of Idaho, 709 S. Deakin St., Moscow. For individual and series tickets: 885-5900, jazzfest. The Hand Record Release: 6 p.m. Feb. 23, The Record Exchange, 1105 W. Idaho St., Boise.

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West Junior High Valentine Show: Featuring West Choirs and a solo performance by the West jazz band. Silent auction and raffle to raise money and awareness for Dravet Syndrome. 7 p.m. Feb. 24, West Junior High auxiliary gym, 8371 W. Salt Creek Road, Boise. Free. Jeff Engelbert and Friends: Featuring Chubby Lovin’. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24, Sapphire Room, The Riverside Hotel, 2900 W. Chinden Blvd., Boise. $12 general, $16 preferred. $15 and $20 at the door. Rene Marie Quartet: 7 p.m. Feb. 25, Sapphire Room, The Riverside Hotel, 2900 W. Chinden Blvd., Boise. $18.50-$45. 426-3498, Aesthetic Perfection: 8 p.m. Feb. 25, The Eclypse, 5467 N. Glenwood St., Garden City. $15. $20 day of show. Special guests: Solar Fake, Nyxx. Skillet: 8 p.m. Feb. 25, Revolution Center, 4983 N. Glenwood St., Garden City. $29.50 general ($32.50 door), $59.50 VIP. Ticketfly. Opening: Sick Puppies, Devour the Day. The Stunt Queen Tour w/ Mykki Blanco and Cakes Da Killa: 8 p.m. Feb. 25, Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., Boise. $14. TicketWeb. $16 at the door. Emily Braden NYC Quartet: 7 p.m. Feb. 26, Sapphire Room, The Riverside Hotel, 2900 W. Chinden Blvd., Boise. $25 general, $30 preferred. $30 and $35 at the door. Pert Near Sandstone: 7 p.m.

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‘Elvis Lives’ brings top impersonators to Boise This show is billed as the ultimate Elvis Presley tribute. With three impersonators — winners of the “Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest” — the 2017 “Elvis Lives” tour is a pulse-racing, multimedia musical journey though Elvis’ life and music. Three performers represent Elvis during the different stages of his career, from “Jailhouse

Feb. 26, The Olympic, 1009 Main St., Boise. $10. $12 at the door. Opening: Hillfolk Noir.

Classical Boise Philharmonic: Andrés Franco, cellist Edgar Moreau and Elgar’s Cello Concerto. Preconcert talks at 7 p.m. 3447849, A Feb. 17: 8 p.m., Brandt Center, Northwest Nazarene University, 707 Fern St., Nampa. $22.50-$45. A Feb. 18: 8 p.m., Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane,

Rock” to “A Little Less Conversation.” The show features a live band, backup singers and dancers, and an Ann-Margret tribute artist. — DANA OLAND

8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise. $30-$50. Ticketmaster.

Boise. $24.50-$70.50. A Backstage with the Artist, noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 17, Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy, 516 S. 9th St., Boise. Free. Boise High School Choir and Chamber Orchestra “All You Need Is Love”: Also, dessert, silent auction. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23, Cathedral of the Rockies, 717 N. 11th St., Boise. $10 at the door. 830-3507. Opera Idaho Puccini’s Tosca: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24 and 2:30 p.m. Feb. 26, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise.

$25.50-$76.50. 345-3531, Meridian Symphony Orchestra: “Bits and Pieces” features movements from an array of masterworks by Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, Haydn and Schubert. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25, Centennial High School Performing Arts Center, 12400 W. McMillan Road, Meridian. $11 general, $4 child (with adult purchase), $9 senior/student/military. 8912721, Serenata Orchestra “River Songs”: Concert celebrates life

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on the river featuring a kayak video by “Dangerous” Dave Norell and the Doctor Who theme song. Soloists include violist Linda Kline and the Desert Windsong Flute Choir. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25, Borah High School auditorium, 6001 W.




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Performance Ballet Idaho’s “Winter Repertory”: 7 p.m. Feb. 25, Nampa Civic Center, 311 3rd St. S. $23$27. 468-5555,

Social Swing Dance: Cha Cha intermediate lesson at 7:30 p.m., social dancing and snacks from 8:30 to 11 p.m. Feb. 18, Boise Square and Round Dance Center, 6534 W. Diamond St. $8 admission, free for ages 16-25 and active military.


Head to McCall for Destination: Beer festival Beer tastes better in the wintry mountains. That’s a fact. (OK, at least until summer arrives.) And there will be plenty of brews to savor at Destination: Beer in McCall. Fifty beers from 25 Idaho breweries will be poured at this event, including lots of strong beers and barrel-aged creations. Granted, it’s not the cheapest brew festival, at $69. But your hard-earned dollars give you access to all these beers, a commemorative gob-

Cassia St., Boise. Suggested donation: $10 general, $5 students.

Theater Opening nexStage Theater’s “Mothers and Sons”: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17-19 and 22-25, 120 S. Main St., Ketchum. $25 general, $35 reserved. (208) 726-9124, “Elvis Lives”: 8 p.m. Feb. 17, Boise. Details, page 12


2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, Depot Park, 1101 N. 3rd St., next to Hotel McCall. $69,

and glass of wine. Alley Repertory Theatre’s “Buyer & Cellar”: Actor Jodi Eichelberger stars in Jonathan Tolins’ fanciful tale about an ex-Disneyland cast member who works in secret shops in Barbra Streisand’s basement. 7 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, Feb. 23 through March 11; and 1 p.m. March 5, Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City. $20 general, $15 students, at Boise Little Theater’s “A Streetcar Names Desire”: 8 p.m. Feb. 24-25, March 3-4, 10-11; 7:30 p.m. March 2 and 9; 2 p.m. March 5 and 11, 100 E. Fort St. $14 general, $11 students and seniors. 342-5104,

Treasure Valley Singles dance: Live bands. Singles and couples older than 21 welcome. 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Sundays, Eagles Lodge, 118 11th Ave. N., Nampa. $6 members, $7 non-

Things To Do Festivals/Fairs Stanley-Sawtooth Winterfest: Music, street dance, food, races, more. Feb. 17-19, Stanley area. events/winter. Free. Western Idaho Science and Engineering Fair: 4 to 8 p.m. Feb. 18, Simplot Ballroom, Student Union Building, Boise State University. Free. Country Fair and Auction: Pancake breakfast, a barbecue dinner Friday night, live and silent auctions, kid's carnival. Benefit for Nampa Christian Schools. 7 a.m. Feb. 24 and 8 a.m. Feb. 25, Nampa Christian Elementary School,


505 W. Orchard Ave. Breakfast: $4-$6. Dinner: $6-$10. Duck Day Celebration: Kids ages 8-12 will be able to create their own nature journal/ sketchpad, learn about waterfowl ecology and behavior, and get inspired to enter the Junior Duck Stamp art competition. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 25, Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument Visitor Center, 221 N. State St., Hagerman. education.php. Free. Kids Fair: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 25, Expo Idaho, 5610 N. Glenwood St., Garden City. $5 admission.

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Ongoing Company of Fools’ “Constellations”: 7 p.m. WednesdaysThursdays and 8 p.m. FridaysSaturdays, through March 4; 3 p.m. Feb. 19 and 26, The Liberty Theatre, 110 N. Main St., Hailey. $35 general, $30 seniors and Sun Valley Center for the Arts members, $15 students. Prices do not 10 for $10, and Educators Day (Feb. 17). Group rates available. (208) 578-9122, Weiser Little Theater’s “The Spitfire Grill”: Dinner at 7 p.m. and show at 8 p.m. Feb. 17-18 and 23-25, 405 E. 2nd St., Weiser. $25 for dinner and show, $15 dessert and show.

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Victims of Entertainment’s “Sterling Slaughter” Murder Mystery Dinner: 7 p.m. Feb. 18, Crossings Winery, 1289 W. Madison Ave., Glenns Ferry. $65, includes three-course dinner

let, appetizers from Delish Catering and a goodie-filled swag bag to take home. Besides, the whole deal is a benefit for Idaho Brewers United, the state’s brewers guild. Get involved. Support Idaho beer.

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Riverfront Hall, Boise State University campus. Free. Feb. 17: “El país del miedo” (“The Country of Fear,” Spain 2015) — a peaceful man’s quiet life is shaken when a 13-year-old girl starts to extort him. Feb. 22: “Las analfabetas” (“Illiterate,” Chile 2013) — a bitter woman in her fifties accepts reluctantly the biggest


challenge of her life, which is learning to read. Feb. 24: “Pequeñas mentiras piadosas” (“The Travel Agent,” Cuba/Spain/Italy 2015) — a longtime travel agent in Cuba has never been able to visit her mother, son, five brothers, two grandsons and 23 nephews in Florida.

“Generation Found” premier: Story about one community coming together to ignite a youth addiction recovery revolution in their hometown. 7 p.m. Feb. 22, Special Events Center, Boise State University. 761-9869, 890-8736. Free.

Food and Drink Idaho City Chili Cook Off: Chili sampling, music, raffle, beer, more. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 18, Idaho City Visitor’s Center, 100 Main St. $5 per person, $3 children 12 and younger. events.



Discovery Center of Idaho’s Science with Style Gala: Catered dinner, hosted bar, science games and demonstrations, silent and live auctions. 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 24, JUMP, 1000 W. Myrtle St., Boise. $150.


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While the animated shorts are a combination of American and foreign films, all five live-action shorts are from another part of the globe. They tend to run longer, too — 15 to 30 minutes, totaling 134 minutes — so splurge on an extra-large bowl of popcorn. — MICHAEL DEEDS

Animated: 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Live-action: 12:20 p.m. 4:50 p.m. and 9:25 p.m. Friday-Sunday, 4:50 p.m. and 9:25 p.m. Monday-Thursday. The Flicks, 646 W. Fulton St., Boise. $7 matinee/ child/student/senior/military, $9 adult.

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trude and Claudius.” 12:10 to 1 p.m. Feb. 17, Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd. 9728255. Free.

Literary Arts

This is My Brave: The Show: A live presentation of essays, original music, and poetry performed by a dozen individuals living with — or loving someone with — a mental illness. 7 p.m. Feb. 18, Special Events Center, Boise State University. $20 at, $25 at the door.

Literature for Lunch: Discussion of John Updike’s “Ger-

Outdoor Conversations Author Event: Rick Johnson of

Home and Garden Rethinking Idaho Landscapes Symposium: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 18, Boise. Details, page 16

the Idaho Conservation League and other authors will discuss their contributions to the book, “Idaho Wilderness Considered.” 7 p.m. Feb. 21, Rediscovered Books, 180 N. 8th St., Boise. 376-4229. Free.

Specialty Shows Idaho Artistry in Wood Show: Opportunity for artists working in wood and gourds to participate in judged competition and display their work to the public. Also, demonstrations, sale of wood and gourd art objects and other activities. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.




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Feb. 25 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 26, Wyndham Garden Boise Airport Hotel, 3300 S. Vista Ave. $4 admission, free for children 12 and younger.

Monday-Friday. 311 3rd St. S. 468- 5500, Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center: Oil on canvas by Susan Pritchard. Through February. Enter at S2 and the artist wall is past the coffee shop. 1055 N. Curtis Road, Boise.

Idaho Gem Club’s Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 25 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 26, Expo Idaho, 5610 N. Glenwood St., Garden City. $4 admission, free for children 12 and younger.

Stewart Gallery: Winter Group Exhibition. Through March 3. Noon to 4 p.m. WednesdaySaturday, and by appointment. 2230 W. Main St., Boise. 4330593,

Spectator Sports Boise State Broncos men’s basketball: Taco Bell Arena, 1401 Bronco Lane, Boise. $10$20 general, $9-$19 seniors, $8-$18 juniors. 426-4737, A vs. Wyoming, 4 p.m. Feb. 18 A vs. San Jose State, 2 p.m. Feb. 25 Front Street Fights II: Czar “The Gunfighter” Sklavos vs. Casey “Wild Style” Johnson. 6 p.m. Feb. 24, CenturyLink Arena, 233 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise. $20, $30 and $50. CenturyLink Arena.

Art Art Source Gallery: The Emerging Artist, high school student show. Through February. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. MondaySaturday. 1015 Main St., Boise. 331-3374, BSU Student Union Gallery: “National Mythstory,” works by Bryan Anthony Moore. Through Feb. 19. 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Second floor, Student Union Building, Boise State University. 426-1242, BSU Visual Arts Center: “Crafting Resistance” features



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Sun Valley Center for the Arts: “Rayguns, Robots, Drones: Technology’s Peril and Promise.” Through March 25. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. 191 5th St. E., Ketchum. (208) 726-9491, ext. 10;


Boise Art Museum: “2017 Idaho Triennial,” Feb. Join LED — Boise’s multifaceted, packed the Morrison Center in Lauren Edson and Brett Perry (pic18 through July 16. Opening multitalented dance-music-film October. Stensaas and the LED’s tured) and Evan Stevens. reception, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 18. — DANA OLAND Free for BAM members, $10 fusion group — for its record release musicians will perform the score nonmembers. party for “This Way to the Egress.” that ranges from rock and soul to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, Visual Arts ColA “Laura Heit: Earth and lective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City. $12. With an original score by composer punk. Plus you’ll see excerpts from Sky”: Through Feb. 19. Brown Paper Tickets. $15 at the door. Andrew Stensaas, LED’s production the choreography by LED dancers A “Modern and Contemporary Ceramics: Kay Hardy and Gregory Kaslo Collection.” Through March 19. A “Tall Tales: Narratives from the work of 20 artists whose Crossings Winery: “Here to Gallery at Finer Frames: Works p.m. Saturday. 211 N. 10th St., work creates awareness of Boise. 336-5899, the Permanent Collection.” There,” textural mixed media by Toby Davis. Through March. Through April 9. political issues, examines issues paintings by Lauren T Kistner. Opening reception, 5 to 8 p.m. of racial and social justice, or Idaho State Capitol: Idaho A “Geraldine Ondrizek: Through Feb. 26. 11 a.m. to 9 Feb. 23. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Moncalls for change in environWatercolor Society Capitol Chromosome Painting II.” p.m. Monday-Saturday, 10:30 day-Friday, noon to 4 p.m. mental issues and human and Through June 4. a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. 1289 W. Saturday. 164 E. State St., Suite B, Rotunda Art Show, Feb. 20 equal rights. Through March 28 through March 4. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. TuesdayMadison Ave., Glenns Ferry. Eagle. 888-9898, finerframesin Gallery 1. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. 700 W. JefSaturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. (208) 366-2313, crossingswinery- .com. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 ferson St., Boise. idahowaterco670 S. Julia Davis Drive. $6 .com. p.m. Friday. Gallery 1: Liberal general, $4 seniors, $3 grades Gallery 601: Artwork of Arts Building, Room 170, 1874 1-12 and full-time college. Free Gallery CTA: “Topanga CanJames Christensen. Through Feb. University Drive. Gallery 2: for ages 5 and younger and yon,” new work by Anna Ura. 24. A portion of each sale will be Nampa Civic Center: “InHemingway Western Studies members. Donations on First Through May. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. donated an art scholarship in his troducing: The Nampa Art ColCenter, Room 110, 1819 Unilective,” works of 18 member Thursday. 345-8330, boiseartMonday-Friday. 8th and Main, name through the Vision of the versity Drive. 426-3994, art.bois- 8th floor, 800 W. Main St., Boise. Arts Organization. 10 a.m. to 6 artists. Through March 28 in the 336-4900, p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 central hallway. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. SEE EVENTS, 16D A




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Learn about fire prevention, soil health, plants Learn about your yard’s environment at the Idaho Botanical Garden and University of Idaho’s Rethinking Idaho Landscapes Symposium. This year’s keynote speaker is Michael Bone, the Denver Botanic Gardens’ curator of the Steppe Collection, who will talk about drought-tolerant plants. U of I extension educator Susan Bell will teach you about the soils found in the Treasure

Canyon Crossroads Museum at Celebration Park: “Black Elk: Lakota Warrior, Mighty Visionary,” explores the life and history of famed Lakota Sioux warrior, Black Elk. Through April 21. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. 6531 Hot Spot Lane, Melba. 455-6022. Free. Four Rivers Cultural Center and Museum: Works by local artist Stephanie M. Lindsay. Through March 17. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. 676 S.W. 5th Ave., Ontario. (541) 889-8191, Free.

Attractions Discovery Center of Idaho:

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9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, Special Events Center, Boise State University. $45 general, $35 Idaho Botanical Garden members and University of Idaho Master Gardeners. Register: 343-8649,

A “T.rex Named Sue,” a traveling exhibition reproduced from the original fossils found in 1990 in the Black Hills of South Dakota is a replica composed of more than 250 highly detailed cast fossils. Through May 7. A “Matter Splatter,” daily demonstrations developed by Boise State University Material Sciences and Engineering students, field trips and themed birthday parties. Through May 22. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. MondaySaturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. 131 Myrtle St., Boise. $16 general, $15 veterans and active duty military, $12 children 2-17. Free for members and ages younger than 2. Sunday admission prices are $3 off the daily admission price. 343-9895, Wahooz Family Fun Zone/Pinz Bowling: New Indoor Adventure Park with indoor amusement rides, ropes course, climbing walls and soft play structure, plus go-karts, mini golf, laser tag, arcade, bowling, more 10 a.m. to midnight Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday. 1385 S. Blue Marlin Lane, Meridian (next to Roaring Springs). 898-0900, A President’s Day Special, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Feb. 20. Get two for $20: two games of bowling per person for two people, two shoe rentals, up to $6 credit toward food purchase.

Family of Woman Film Festival: International filmmakers, film subjects and speakers to raise awareness of the difficulties women and girls face throughout the world to gain access to basic health care, education and human rights. Feb. 27-March 5, Ketchum and Sun Valley areas. For the complete schedule: Boise Contemporary Theater’s 5X5 Reading Series: “Collective Rage: A Play in Five Bloops” by Jen Silverman. 7 p.m. Feb. 27, 854 Fulton St. $12 general, $8 students. 331-9224, ext. 205; Fat Tuesday Celebration and Fundraiser: The Blues Addicts with Brass Tacks Horns, The Blues Directors, Jake Leg, and Blues Collective. Also, costume contest, food, full bar. Benefits Boise Blues Society Blues in the Schools program. 6 to 11 p.m. Feb. 28, Playhouse Boise, 8001 W. Fairview Ave. $20. Curtis Stigers Capital High Benefit Concert: Proceeds benefit the high school’s music programs. 7 p.m. Feb. 28, Capital High School, 8055 W. Goddard Road, Boise. $15 advance at the school, or by calling 854-4592 for will call. $20 at the door. Adam Devine: 8:30 p.m. Feb. 28, Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise. $29.50 and $35.

March City RockFest: Featuring Disciple, Seventh Day Slumber, Project 86, Random Hero, and Scarlet White. 6:30 p.m. March 1, John Brandt Performing Arts Theater, Nampa Civic Center, 311 3rd St. S. $15-$25. ICTickets. Ballet Idaho’s Spring Fashion Show: Appetizers, fashions,


auction, and exclusive Peter Pan inspired dance performances on the runway. 7 p.m. March 2, Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy, 516 S. 9th St., Boise. $40-$100. The Led Zeppelin Experience: 7:30 p.m. March 2, Sapphire Room, The Riverside Hotel, 2900 W. Chinden Blvd., Boise. $28 general, $34 preferred. $33 and $39 at the door. Stage Coach Theatre’s “Sylvia”: 8 p.m. March 3-4, 10-11 and 17-18; 7:30 p.m. March 9 and 16; 2 p.m. matinee March 12, 4802 W. Emerald St., Boise. $15. 342-2000, Young Dubliners: 8 p.m. March 3, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. $15. TicketWeb. Meridian Firefighter’s Pipes and Drums Chili Cook Off: Try 18 different teams of chili. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 4, Meridian Speedway, 335 S. Main St. $5 per person. “Dirty Dancing — The Classic Story on Stage”: 2 and 8 p.m. March 4, and 1 and 6:30 p.m. March 5, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise. $50$75. Ticketmaster. To Die For Chocolate Festival: Chocolate tasting, no-host beer and wine, music, more. Portion of the proceeds benefitting the Eagle/Garden City RotaryClub. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 4, Meridian Senior Center at Kleiner Park, 1920 N. Records Ave. $15, includes five tastings. Rachel Barton Pine: Internationally-acclaimed violinist, backed by Boise Baroque Chamber Orchestra. 7 p.m. March 4, Jewett Auditorium, College of Idaho campus, 2112 Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell. $20-$30 general, $10-$20 students. 459-5275, Victims of Entertainment’s “Daddy-o’s Demise” Murder Mystery Dinner: 7 p.m. March 4, Crossings Winery, 1289 W. Madison Ave., Glenns Ferry. $65, includes three-course dinner and glass of wine. Black Tiger Sex Machine: 8


Daniel Tosh: 7:30 p.m. May 3, Taco Bell Arena, 1401 Bronco Lane, Boise. $45-$75 reserved, $20 students. Ticketmaster. On sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 17

June John Mellencamp: 6:30 p.m. June 7, Outlaw Field, Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise. $75.50. Ticketmaster. Opening: Emmylou Harris, Carlene Carter. On sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 24

July Blondie/Garbage: 6:45 p.m. July 14, Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater, 16200 Idaho Center Blvd., Nampa. $35, $65 and $95. ICTickets. Opening: John Doe, Exene Cervenka. On sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 17

August The Descendents: 8 p.m. Aug. 27, Revolution Center, 4983 N. Glenwood St., Garden City. $29.50 general, $59.50 VIP. Ticketfly. On sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 17

p.m. March 4, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. $18. TicketWeb. $20 day of show. Opening: Dabin, Kai Wachi. The Cadillac Three: 8 p.m. March 5, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. $17.50. TicketWeb. $20 day of show. Opening: Quaker City Night Hawks. Jake Shimabukuro: 8 p.m. March 5, Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise. $25 and $30. TicketWeb. I Prevail: 7 p.m. March 6, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. $16. TicketWeb. $18 day of show. Special guests: Wage War, Islander, Assuming We Survive.



Adelitas Way: 8 p.m. March 7, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. $14. TicketWeb. $16 day of show.

by Nick Payne. 7 p.m. March 13, 854 Fulton St. $12 general, $8 students. 331-9224, ext. 205;

Panic! At The Disco: 7 p.m. March 19, Taco Bell Arena, 1401 Bronco Lane, Boise. $27.50$47.50. Ticketmaster.

Datsik: 8 p.m. March 8, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. $20. TicketWeb. $22 day of show. Opening: Crizzly, Virtual Riot.

Lake Street Dive: 8 p.m. March 13, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. $20. TicketWeb. $23 day of show. Opening: Joey Dosik.

Readings and Conversations with Aimee and Karen Bender: Aimee Bender is the author of five books: “The Girl in the Flammable Skirt,” “An Invisible Sign of My Own,” “Willful Creatures,” “The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake” and “The Color Master.” Karen Bender is the author of the story collection “Refund” and a finalist for the National Book Award in Fiction. 7:30 p.m. March 9, Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise. $25-$35. 331-8000,

Alina Kiryayeva: 7 p.m. March 15, Meyer-McLean Performing Arts Center, Four Rivers Cultural Center, 676 S.W. 5th Ave., Ontario. $20 general, $10 students. (541) 889-2844.

Yonder Mountain String Band: 8 p.m. March 19, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. $25. TicketWeb. $27 day of show. Opening: The Lil’ Smokies.

Portugal. The Man: 8 p.m. March 9, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. $25. TicketWeb. Opening: HDBeenDope. Boise Roadster Show: Noon to 10 p.m. March 10, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. March 11 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 12, Expo Idaho, 5610 N. Glenwood St., Garden City. Admission ranges from $3 to $12. 938-8986, Sean Rogers: Local pianist performs ragtime, jazz and Broadway. 7 p.m. March 10, Nampa Civic Center, 311 3rd St. S. $26-$31. ICTickets. Chiara String Quartet: 7:30 p.m. March 10, Morrison Center Recital Hall, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise. $30 general, $25 seniors and students, advance and at the door. Boise Philharmonic: Eric Garcia, violinist David Kim and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. Preconcert talks at 7 p.m. 344-7849, A March 10: 8 p.m., Brandt Center, Northwest Nazarene University, 707 Fern St., Nampa. $22.50-$45. A March 11: 8 p.m., Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise. $24.50-$70.50. Idaho Dance Theatre’s “Interface”: 8 p.m. March 10-11; 2 p.m. March 12, Special Events

Tickets for comedian Daniel Tosh’s May 3 show in Boise go on sale Friday, Feb. 17. Center, Boise State University. $40 preferred, $25 general, $20 seniors, active military, BSU staff, $15 students, $10 children 10 and younger. Julian Sands in “A Celebration of Harold Pinter”: 8 p.m. March 10, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise. Free tickets available at the Morrison Center Box Office (required for admission). Minus the Bear: 8 p.m. March 10, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. $18.50. TicketWeb. $20 day of show. Opening: Beach Slang, Sand. Jeff Dunham: 5 p.m. March 11, Taco Bell Arena, 1401 Bronco Lane, Boise. $35.50 and $47.50. Ticketmaster. Kantari Afaria: Authentic Basque dinner prepared by chef Jesus Alcelay, performance by Boise’s Biotzetik Basque Choir, silent and live auctions, no host beer and wine. Benefit for the Biotzetik Basque Choir. Cocktails at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. March 11, Basque Center, 601 W. Grove St., Boise. $40. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Email Strangelove: 8 p.m. March 11, Revolution Center, 4983 Glenwood St., Garden City. $15 general ($20 door), $25 VIP. Ticketfly. Opening: The Smites. Boise Contemporary Theater’s 5X5 Reading Series: “Incognito”

Rock and Worship Roadshow: Featuring Rend Collective, Steven Curtis Chapman, Francesca Battistelli, Jordan Feliz, Family Force 5, more. 7 p.m. March 16, Taco Bell Arena, 1401 Bronco Lane, Boise. $10 at the door. Ballet Idaho’s NewDance, Up Close: Dancers are given the chance to choreograph works for their fellow dancers. 8 p.m. March 16-17; 2 and 8 p.m. March 18; 4 p.m. March 19, Esther Performing Arts Academy Annex, 501 S. 8th St., Boise. $20 and $25. 343-0556, Vintage Motorcycle and Bicycle Rally and Show: March 18-19, Caldwell. 377-4981, A March 18: Informal gathering at 1 p.m. at Mallard Park at 10th Avenue and Orchard St. Group ride starts at 3 p.m. from the park to the Snake River and return. Dinner at 5:30 p.m. at Mr. V’s Family Restaurant, 407 N. 10th Ave. A March 19: Show and Swap from noon to 4 p.m. at the O’Connor Field House, 2207 Blaine St. $5 admission, free for children younger than 12 with paid adult. Gentri — The Gentlemen Trio: 7:30 p.m. March 18, L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center, 1002 Sam Nixon Ave., Pocatello. $22 and $26. (208) 282-3595, Johnny Rawls: Backed by Smooth Avenue. 7:30 p.m. March 18, Playhouse Boise, 8001 W. Fairview Ave. $15. Josh Abbott Band: 8 p.m. March 18, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. $12. TicketWeb. $15 day of show.

Journey: 7:30 p.m. March 20, Taco Bell Arena, 1401 Bronco Lane, Boise. $29.50-$95. Ticketmaster. Opening: Asia. Treefort Music Fest: Highlights include Touche Amore, Dead Meadow, The Coathangers, Kishi Bashi, Thunderpussy, AJJ, Alvvays and Kate Tempest. March 22-26, various venues, Downtown Boise. $165 five-day wristbands. Prices go up March 1. Phillip Phillips: 7 p.m. March 23, Coeur d’Alene Casino, 37914 S. Nukwalqw, Worley. $50 and $60.

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March 12. After March 12, $50 and $360.

Boise Flower and Garden Show: Shop for the latest in landscape design, garden art and decor, yard furniture, plants, decks, greenhouse, more. Also, display gardens, seminars, orchid and bonsai displays, wine nights, a silent auction. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 24-25, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 26, Boise Centre, 850 W. Front St. $8 general, $3 children 12-17, free for under 12.

Social Distortion: 8 p.m. March 26, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. Sold out. Greensky Bluegrass: 7 p.m. March 28, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. $20. TicketWeb. “Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science”: Songs, comedy, puppets and food demonstrations. 8 p.m. March 30, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise. $35-$100. Ticketmaster.

Eric Church: 8 p.m. March 24, Taco Bell Arena, 1401 Bronco Lane, Boise. $24-$89. Ticketmaster.

The Young Irelanders: 7 p.m. March 31, Jewett Auditorium, College of Idaho campus, 2112 Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell. $20$30 general, $10-$20 students. 459-5275,

“SPAY”ghetti No Balls Fundraiser: Benefits individuals and families that cannot afford to spay and neuter their dogs and cats. 5 to 9 p.m. March 26, The Riverside Ballroom, 2900 W. Chinden Blvd., Boise. $35 each or $260 for a table of 8, before

Louie Anderson: 8 p.m. March 31, Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise. $27.50 and $34.50. TicketWeb.

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Tribute to Waylon an Willie w/Mighty Red Melons: 8 p.m. March 31, Sapphire Room, The Riverside Hotel, 2900 W. Chinden Blvd., Boise. $20 and $28. 8663533, Opening: Twangtown.

April Lunafest: Showcases nine short films by, for and about women. Benefits the Soroptimist Int’l of Boise and the Breast Cancer Fund. 12:30 p.m. April 1, The Flicks, 646 Fulton St., Boise. $20, includes after-screening social. The Maine: 7:30 p.m. April 2, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St.,


Boise. $22. TicketWeb. $25 day of show. Special guests: The Mowgli’s, Beach Weather. Horseshoes and Hand Grenades: 8 p.m. April 4, Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., Boise. $13. TicketWeb. $15 at the door. Gene Harris Jazz Festival: April 5-7, Boise. 426-3099, Garrison Keillor: Insight and stories from writer and humorist best known for his live radio variety show, A Prairie Home Companion. 7:30 p.m. April 5, L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center, 1002 Sam Nixon Ave., Pocatello. $45 and $55.

(208) 282-3595, Tech N9ne: 7:30 p.m. April 5, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. $28. TicketWeb. Special guests: Brotha Lynch Hung, Krizz Kaliko, Stevie Stone, Ces Cru. Newsboys: 7 p.m. April 6, Ford Idaho Center, 16200 Idaho Center Blvd., Nampa. $25, $45 and $100. ICTickets. Brian Wilson: 8 p.m. April 6, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise. $55, $73 and $125. Ticketmaster. Boise Philharmonic: Brett Mitchell and the Boise Philharmonic Master Chorale, Beeth-

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Kyle Kinane: 8 p.m. April 19, Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., Boise. $20. TicketWeb. Jeff Foxworthy and Larry The Cable Guy: 7:30 p.m. April 22, Taco Bell Arena, 1401 Bronco Lane, Boise. $59.50. Ticketmaster. Ballet Idaho’s “Peter Pan”: 8 p.m. April 21; 2 and 8 p.m. April 22, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise. $38, $43 and $58. Ticketmaster. Boise Contemporary Theater’s 5X5 Reading Series: “She Kills Monsters” by Qui Nguyen. 7 p.m. April 24, 854 Fulton St. $12 general, $8 students. 331-9224, ext. 205; Johnny Mathis: 7:30 p.m. April 27, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise. $55-$150. Ticketmaster. Bastille: 7 p.m. April 29, Taco Bell Arena, 1401 Bronco Lane, Boise. $35 and $45. Ticketmaster. Chris Tomlin: Special guests Big Daddy Weave, Phil Wickham, Zach Williams, Mosaic MSC, and Jason Barton. 7 p.m. April 30, Taco Bell Arena, 1401 Bronco Lane, Boise. $15-$69.75. Ticketmaster. Chance the Rapper: 8 p.m. April 30, Ford Idaho Center, 16200 Idaho Center Blvd., Nampa. $39.59, $59.50 and $79.50. ICTickets.

May Daniel Tosh: 7:30 p.m. May 3, Taco Bell Arena, 1401 Bronco Lane, Boise. $45-$75 reserved, $20 students. Ticketmaster. On sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 17 Brian Regan: 8 p.m. May 3, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise. $52.50. Ticketmaster. The 1975: 8 p.m. May 3, CenturyLink Arena, 233 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise. $35 and $45. CenturyLink Arena. Son Volt: 7 p.m. May 9, The Olympic, 1009 Main St., Boise. $20. Amy Grant: 7:30 p.m. May 18, L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center, 1002

Sam Nixon Ave., Pocatello. $40 and $44. (208) 282-3595, stephens. Rescheduled from Feb. 2 Odesza: 7 p.m. May 20, Memorial Stadium, 5600 Glenwood St., Garden City. $35. TicketWeb. $40 day of show. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill: 7:30 p.m. May 25, Taco Bell Arena, 1401 Bronco Lane, Boise. $67.50 and $117.50. Ticketmaster.

June John Mellencamp: 6:30 p.m. June 7, Outlaw Field, Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise. $75.50. Ticketmaster. Opening: Emmylou Harris, Carlene Carter. On sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 24

July Train/O.A.R.: 7 p.m. July 13, Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater, 16200 Idaho Center Blvd., Nampa. $39.50, $55 and $75. ICTickets. Opening: Natasha Bedingfield. Blondie/Garbage: 6:45 p.m. July 14, Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater, 16200 Idaho Center Blvd., Nampa. $35, $65 and $95. ICTickets. Opening: John Doe, Exene Cervenka. On sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 17 Huckleberry Jam: July 27-29, Tamarack Resort, 311 Village Drive, Donnelly. Mountain Home Country Music Festival: Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Brett Eldredge, Lee Brice, Eric Paslay, Chris Stapleton, more. July 28-30, Elmore County, 30 minutes from Mountain Home. $80 single-day pass. Three-day passes: $125 general, $140 premium, $210 VIP. (541) 345-9263, Diana Krall: 7 p.m. July 29, Outlaw Field, Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise. $58.75. Ticketmaster.

August The Descendents: 8 p.m. Aug. 27, Revolution Center, 4983 N. Glenwood St., Garden City. $29.50 general, $59.50 VIP. Ticketfly. On sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 17


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LIVE ENTERTAINMENT BARS AND RESTAURANTS FEB. 17-23 Angell’s Bar and Grill Renato: Fri-Sat: Michael Laky, 6-9 p.m. 999 W. Main St., Boise. 3424900. Balcony Club: Thu: Salsa dancing, 9 p.m.-midnight, $5, includes lessons at 8 p.m. 150 N. 8th St., Boise. 336-1313. Bar 365, Riverside Hotel: Fri: Ryan Wissinger, 5-7:30 p.m. Sat: Gary Tackett, 5-8 p.m. Mon: Frank Marra, 5-8 p.m. Tue: Billy Braun, 5-8 p.m. Wed: Steve Eaton, 5-8 p.m. Thu: Blaze and Kelly, 5-8 p.m. 2900 W. Chinden Blvd., Boise. 343-1871. Buffalo Club: Fri-Sat, Thu: The Saloonatics, 9 p.m. Sun/Thu: free dance lessons by High Desert Swing Dance Club, 7:30-8:30 p.m. 10206 Fairview Ave., Boise. 321-1811.

Chandlers Steakhouse: Fri: Frank Marra, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Quinn Van Paepeghem Trio, 8-10 p.m., Quinn Van Paepeghem Trio w/Nicole Christensen, 10 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Sat: Frank Marra, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Clay Moore Trio, 8-10 p.m., Clay Moore Trio w/Amy Rose, 10 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Sun: The Sidemen, 6-9 p.m. Mon: Mike Rosenthal, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Tue: Mike Rosenthal, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Chuck Smith Trio, 8-11 p.m. Wed: Mike Rosenthal, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Chuck Smith Trio, 8-11 p.m. Thu: Chuck Smith, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Ben Burdick Trio w/Amy Rose, 8-11 p.m. 981 W. Grove St., Boise. 383-4300. China Blue: Thu: Trill Thursday’s EDM Club Nights, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., $5; free for ladies. 100 S. 6th St., Boise. 338-6604. Crowbar: Fri: Manek, 10 p.m.

Sat: Something Spicy, 10 p.m. Wed: Face the Blast (metal night), 10 p.m. Thu: Black Bass, 10 p.m. 107 S. 6th St., Boise. 345-2505. Fatty’s Bar: Fri: rotating DJs, 9 p.m.-close. Sat: DJ Zuz, 9 p.m.close. Tue: DJ Slieb, 9 p.m.-close. Wed: DJ Zuz, 9 p.m.-close. 800 W. Idaho St., Boise. 629-6314. Hannah’s: Fri-Sat, Wed: Rocci Johnson Band, 9:30 p.m.-close. Thu: DJ Ankid, 9:30 p.m.-close. 621 Main St., Boise. 345-7557. High Note Cafe: Fri: Elizabeth Findley, 7 p.m. Sat: Ghost Revolver, 7 p.m. Thu: “Almost There” comedy open mike night, 7 p.m. 225 N. 5th St., Boise. 429-1911. Highlands Hollow Brewhouse: Wed: Hokum Hi-Flyers, 6-9 p.m.

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Michael Deeds recommends Costaki Economopoulos: Friday through Sunday, Liquid. Stand-up comedian will be familiar to fans of the “Bob and Tom” syndicated radio show. Andrew Sheppard: Friday, Neurolux, and Saturday, Pengilly’s. Guild Guitarsendorsed, Idaho-based singer-songwriter recently recorded new Americana album in Nashville. B-Side Players: Thursday, Reef. San Diego band has melded Latin influences with funk, jazz and hip-hop for more than two decades. ......................................................


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2455 Harrison Hollow Lane, Boise. 343-6820. Knitting Factory: Fri: Carnival Salsa w/DJ Giovanni, 9 p.m., $6. Sat: Illenium, Auzomatik, 8 p.m., $17/$20. Sun: Elephant Revival, Dead Horses, 8 p.m., $17/$20. 416 S. 9th St., Boise. 367-1212. Liquid: Fri-Sat: Costaki Economopoulos, 8 and 10 p.m., $12. Sun: Costaki Economopoulos, 8 p.m., $10. Mon: Punk Mondy, 8 p.m. Tue: The Athiest Comedy Experience, 8 p.m., $7. Wed: comedy open mike, 7:30 p.m. (signups at 7 p.m.). Thu: David Dyer, 8 p.m., $10; comedy open mike, 9:30 p.m. (signups at 9 p.m.). 405 S. 8th St., Boise. 941-2459.




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Longhorn Lounge: Sat: Kill A Brew, 9 p.m. 458 W. Main St., Kuna. 922-4163. Neurolux: Fri: Andrew Sheppard, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., $3. Sat: Prof, Axiom Tha Wyze, Finding Novyon, Metsota, Willie Wonka, 8 p.m., $12/$14; Stardust Lounge, 11:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Tue: Milemarker, Big Jesus, Stepbrothers, 7 p.m., $10/$12. 111 N. 11th St., Boise. 343-0886.


Roots-fueled trio the Andrew Sheppard Band has a big weekend ahead: Friday night at Neurolux and Saturday night at Pengilly’s Saloon. The Olympic: Fri: Problem Daughter, Get Wet, Black Bolt, 7 p.m., $5. Sat: New Move, Nick Delffs, 7 p.m., $5. Wed: Marshall Poole, Soaked, Goldbloom, 7 p.m., $5. 1009 Main St., Boise. 342-0176. O’Michael’s Pub & Grill: Sat: Craig Bernauer and Double Wide, 8-11 p.m. 2433 N. Bogus Basin Road, Boise. 342-8948. Orphan Annie’s Bar & Grill: Fri: Jeannie Marie, 7-11 p.m. Sat: Dee Hisel, 7-11 p.m. 801 Everett St., Caldwell. 455-2660. Pengilly’s Saloon: Fri: Bart Budwig, 8:45 p.m. Sat: Andrew Sheppard Band, 8:45 p.m. Mon: open mike with Rebecca Scott and Rob Hill, 8 p.m. Tue: The Suburbans, 8:45 p.m. Wed: Tylor and The Train Robbers, 8:45 p.m. Thu: Frim Fram Four, 8:45 p.m. 513 W. Main St., Boise. 345-6344. Piper Pub & Grill: Fri: Ryan Wissinger, 8 p.m. Sat: Doug Cameron, 8 p.m. 150 N. 8th St., Suite 200, Boise. 343-2444. The Record Exchange: Thu: The Hand Record Release, 6 p.m. 1105 W. Idaho St., Boise. 3448010. Reef: Fri: Nothing But Heroes, 10 p.m., $5. Sat: Pilot Error, 10 p.m., $5. Tue: The Holdup/ Katastro, 9 p.m., $8/$12. Thu: B-Side Players, 9:30 p.m., $10/

$12. 105 S. 6th St., Boise. 2879200. Sapphire Room, Riverside Hotel: Fri: Dan Costello’s Birthday Concert, Mostly Mary, 7:30 p.m., $12-$16 online, $15-$20 door. 2900 W. Chinden Blvd., Boise. 343-1871. Sockeye Grill & Brewery: Fri: Friday Night Jam, 7 p.m. Tue: Moonshine Mountain Band, 7 p.m. 3019 N. Cole Road, Boise. 658-1533. Spacebar Arcade: Sat: Third Space Saturday with DJ I.G.A. The Independent Grocer, 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Monthly all-vinyl DJ night. 200 N. Capitol Blvd., Boise. 918-0597. Tom Grainey’s: Fri: The Moody Jews, 10 p.m. Sat: Encore 80s Night, 10 p.m. Tue: Blind Mice hosts musicians jam, 8-11 p.m. Wed: 6th Street Shuffle, 10 p.m. 109 S. 6th St., Boise. 345-2505. Whiskey Jacques: Fri: Synrgy, 9 p.m., $5. Sat: The Social Animals, 9 p.m., $5. 251 N. Main St., Ketchum. (208) 726-5297. WilliB’s: Fri: Encore, 8 p.m. Sat: Big Wow Band, 8 p.m. 12505 W. Chinden Blvd., Boise. 331-5666. Submit listings to Deadline is noon Monday before Friday publication.




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Top movies (Last weekend’s gross/total take in millions.) 1. ‘'The Lego Batman Movie,” ($53.0/$53.0) 2. ‘'Fifty Shades Darker,” ($46.6/ $46.6) 3. ‘'John Wick: Chapter Two,” ($30.0/$30.4) 4. ‘'Split,” ($9.5/$112.5) 5. ‘'Hidden Figures,” ($8.0/ $131.5) 6. ‘'A Dog’s Purpose,” ($7.3/ $42.5) 7. ‘'Rings,” ($5.6/$21.3) 8. ‘'La La Land,” ($5.0/$126.0) 9. ‘'Lion,” ($4.0/$30.2) 10. ‘'Sing,” ($1.7/$265.4)


Theater guide Boise

Country Club Reel, 4450 Overland Road, 377-2620 Edwards 9 Downtown, 760 Broad St., 338-3821 Edwards 21 & Imax, Overland and Cole, 377-9603, 377-9721 The Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., 345-0454 Flicks Movie Theatres & Video Shop, 646 Fulton St., 342-4222 Northgate Reel, 6950 W. State St., 377-2620 Overland Park Cinemas, Overland and Cole roads, 377-3072


Majestic 18 Cinemas, 2140 E. Cinema Drive, 888-2228 Village Cinema 15, 3711 E. Longwing Lane, 846-8463


Edwards 12 Cinemas, 1232 N. Galleria Drive, 466-4788 Edwards 14 Cinemas, 2001 N. Cassia St., 442-1655 Nampa Reel 6, 2104 Caldwell Blvd., 377-2620 Northern Lights Cinema Grill, 1509 Caldwell Blvd., No. 1111, 475-2999


Terrace Drive-In Theatre, 4011 S. Lake Ave., Caldwell, 455-1433


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Charlie Day (right) resorts to the old reliable “he started it.”

‘Fist Fight’ gets by on its stars’ chemistry BY CARY DARLING

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

There’s a scene near the end of the comedy “Fist Fight” – not long before the altercation promised in the title – that more than makes up for whatever weak-sauce comedic sins have gone before. Let’s just say that the combo of Big Sean’s unprintable hit rap, star Charlie Day’s nebbishy

physicality and a young girl’s school talent show is comedy gold. If the rest of the film were as uproarious, “Fist Fight” would rank up there with the “Jump Street” reboots in the “funny movies featuring Ice Cube” category. As it stands, “Fist Fight” is a pleasantly foul-mouthed exercise that gets by on the chemistry of its two stars: Cube, with his NWA-trained death glare,

and Day, who basically recycles his likably hapless yet inventive character from “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” into a more responsible suburban dad. Nice-guy Campbell (Day) and mean-guy Strickland (Ice Cube) are both teachers at a failing high school in the throes of staff layoffs. (Just to show how failing this school is, Tracy Morgan is the coach.) Campbell feels he needs his job more

than most since he has a pregnant wife (JoAnna Garcia Swisher) and a young daughter (Alexa Nisenson) at home. So when stern Strickland explodes at a disruptive student, demolishing his desk with an ax, it doesn’t take much for Campbell – despite threats from Strickland – to tell the principal in the hopes of saving his job. Then it’s on. Big, beefy Strickland challenges

small, marshmallow-man Campbell to a fight at 3 p.m. after school – and the entire school (and the Internet, #teacherfight), erupts in anticipation. Director Richie Keen, best-known for episodic TV comedies including “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and working from a story co-written by TV comic actor Max Greenfield, does his best to turn “Fist Fight” into a teachable moment. There’s a can’t-we-all-justget-along message embedded as well one respecting the work teachers do in the face of often indifferent students and bureaucracy. But that’s not what anyone interested in this movie is coming for. Neither are they coming for the strong supporting cast (in addition to Morgan, there are Dennis Haysbert, Kumail Nanjiani from “Silicon Valley,” Christina Hendricks from “Mad Men” and Jillian Bell from “Workaholics”). They want angry Ice Cube and nerdy Charlie Day facing off. And, in that, they won’t be disappointed.




A marriage falters, and the show must go on in ‘The Salesman’ BY MICHAEL PHILLIPS

Chicago Tribune

Every gut-twisting development in the tense, beautifully plotted films of Iranian writerdirector Asghar Farhadi begins with an uncomfortable truth buried, never permanently, that leads to suspicion and, often, destructive impulses toward justice. Nominated for this year’s Oscars in the foreign language feature category, “The Salesman” is a movie in conversation with a play. It’s 0002905477-01


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about a group of Tehran actors rehearsing and performing Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” and how the moral collisions in that 1949 classic intertwine with the messes being created offstage. In the first scene, a married couple, Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti) and Emad (Shahab Hosseini), are jolted awake by what appears to be their apartment building collapsing because of earth-moving construction next door. Damage to the building and their apartment means they must look for a new residence. One of their fellow “Death of a Salesman” cast members knows of a place, recently vacated (mostly; not entirely) by a woman who appears to have worked as a prostitute. The friend neglects to tell Rana and Emad what little he knows about the unseen, long-gone tenant. This evasion tips “The Salesman” into forward motion. As in Miller’s plays or those of Miller’s chief inspiration, Henrik Ibsen, there’s an inciting incident in Farhadi’s film, a casual mistake that grows like a cancer. Waiting for her husband to come home to their new rental with the groceries, Rana


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leaves the front door open while she takes a shower. We do not see what happens next. But we learn that a man enters the apartment. Something occurs, and a bloodied and bruised Rana is taken to the hospital. The man, whose identity we eventually learn, was looking for the previous tenant. Rana’s nerves are now shot, and Emad makes matters worse, putting his own blinkered need for retribution ahead of his wife’s wishes. The crafty effectiveness of Farhadi’s films lies in their precisely modulated domino effect, how one human misstep or misunderstanding leads to a larger one. There’s some mordant humor in this portrait of the contemporary Tehran creative class. Visually this is highly accomplished and fluid filmmaking confined, very often, to tight quarters used for expressive purposes. Farhadi uses various mirrors and reflective surfaces unselfconsciously.

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Dane DeHaan is mentally writing his Yelp review for this “spa.”

Impressive effort has major flaws BY KATIE WALSH

Tribune News Service

Though Gore Verbinski has made a name for himself with large Hollywood studio pictures, he’s always had a weird streak; a “one for them, one for me” mentality, interspersing in films like “The Weather Man” and “Rango.” “A Cure for Wellness,” a horror film set at a spa in the Swiss Alps, is most definitely one for him. Here, “wellness” could easily be a euphemism for “wealth.” A powerful Wall Street banker, Pembroke (Harry Groener), runs off to a Swiss spa and writes back to his comrades about truths that he can’t unsee and that he’s not returning. An upstart young banker, Lockhart (Dane DeHaan), is sent to retrieve him to stave off a

business emergency. Lockhart swaggers into the spa like he owns the place, but it’s not easy to get his boss on the next red-eye back to New York. He suffers a car accident and broken leg, and everyone keeps pushing the special water on him. Once you check in, it’s nearly impossible to check out. He’s ultimately drawn into the morbid tale of the place’s history, about a mad baron, a baroness, his sister, and the villagers who burned them. Written by Verbinski and Justin Haythe, the film is inspired by Thomas Mann’s 1924 book “The Magic Mountain,” and yet the concerns feel all too modern. It plays on the desire for a magic tonic to cure the creeping ails of modern life that reared its head during the dawning of modernity. However, it’s all too contemporary

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too, indicting the ways many today search for clarity and soulfulness in yoga, diets, mindfulness apps. “A Cure for Wellness” is an odd film. It’s exceedingly well-crafted; the attention to detail and design, composition and camera movement on display here has largely been abandoned by recent horror films grasping for a jarring sense of realism. The production design of blues, greens and yellows is cool and lush, matching DeHaan’s ice blue eyes and pale features. And yet, it still succumbs to its base instincts, delivering snatches of the gruesomeness violence and bodice-ripping demanded by the genre. Through the two and a half hour running time, it builds and builds on its dread, but in the last act, a few twists and story beats are fumbled, and in the end, it turns into a 1930s Universal-style gothic, psychosexual monster flick.

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stead of orcs. They were delivered to northern China via meteor, and they attack every 60 years as a reminder that unchecked greed is bad. Damon plays William, a Western mercenary with a garbled accent, who, in searching for “black powder,” is taken prisoner by an impressively costumed army at the wall, and ends up fighting alongside them, much to the chagrin of his pal Tovar (Pedro Pascal). After the first act, it’s a bit downhill, focusing less on impressive army maneuvers and more on rote interpersonal motivations coupled with silly schemes involving magnets and hot air balloons. But when it comes to heroics, “The Great Wall” is refreshingly egalitarian. Damon’s character is less “white savior” and more “white helper,” with Lin (Tian Jing) emerging as our hero — poised, talented, a great ponytail.

MOVIE CAPSULES Arrival: A linguist is recruited by the military to assist in translating alien communications. Starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker. Directed by Denis Villeneuve. PG-13. Brief strong language. 116 minutes. EEEE Country Club Reel, Northern Lights, Northgate Reel, Overland Park. Assassin’s Creed: When Callum Lynch explores the memories of his ancestor Aguilar and gains the skills of a Master Assassin, he discovers he is a descendant of the secret Assassins society. Starring Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard and Michael K. Williams. Directed by Justin Kurzel. PG-13. Intense sequences of violence and action, thematic elements, brief strong language. 108 minutes. EE 1/2 Country Club Reel, Nampa Reel, Northgate Reel, Overland Park. The Bye Bye Man: Three friends stumble upon the horrific origins of the Bye Bye Man, a mysterious figure they discover is the root cause of the evil behind man;s most unspeakable acts. Starring Douglas Smith, Lucien Laviscount and Cressida Bonas. Directed by Stacy Title. PG-13. Terror, horror violence, bloody images, sexual content, thematic elements, partial nudity, some language, teen drinking. 96 minutes. EE 1/2 Nampa Reel. A Cure for Wellness: An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from an idyllic but mysterious “wellness center” at a remote location in the Swiss Alps but soon suspects that the spa’s miraculous treatments are not what they seem. Starring Dane DeHaan, Mia Goth and Jason Isaacs. Directed by Gore Verbinski. R. Disturbing violent content and images, sexual content including an assault, graphic nudity, language. 146 minutes. EE 1/2 Edwards 21, Edwards 9, Edwards 14, Edwards 12, Majestic 18, Village Cinema.

Doctor Strange: A former neurosurgeon embarks on a journey of healing only to be drawn into the world of the mystic arts. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Rachel McAdams. Directed by Scott Derrickson. PG-13. Sci-fi violence and action throughout, an intense crash sequence. 130 minutes. EEEE Country Club Reel, Nampa Reel, Northgate Reel, Overland Park. A Dog’s Purpose: A dog looks to discover his purpose in life over the course of several lifetimes and owners. Starring Dennis Quaid and Josh Gad and Bryce Gheisar. Directed by Lasse Hallstrom. PG. Thematic elements, some peril. 120 minutes. EE Edwards 21, Edwards 9, Edwards 14, Edwards 12, Majestic 18, Village Cinema. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school. Starring Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston and Colin Farrell. Directed by David Yates. PG-13. Some fantasy action violence. 133 minutes. EEE Edwards 21, Country Club Reel, Nampa Reel, Northern Lights, Northgate Reel (2D, 3D), Overland Park, Terrace DriveIn. Fences: An African-American father struggles with race relations in the United States while trying to raise his family in the 1950s and coming to terms with the events of his life. Starring Denzel Washington, Viola Davis and Jovan Adepo. Directed by Denzel Washington. 138 minutes. EEE Northgate Reel.

Movies Edwards 21, Edwards 9, Edwards 14, Edwards 12, Majestic 18, Village Cinema. Fist Fight: When one school teacher gets the other fired, he is challenged to an after-school fight. Starring Ice Cube, Charlie Day and Tracy Morgan. Directed by Richie Keen. R. Strong language, sexual content/ nudity, drug material. 91 minutes. EE 1/2 Edwards 21, Edwards 9, Edwards 14, Edwards 12, Majestic 18, Village Cinema. The Founder: The story of Ray Kroc, a salesman who turned two brothers’ fast food eatery, McDonald’s, into one of the biggest restaurant businesses in the world. Starring Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch. Directed by John Lee Hancock. PG-13. Brief strong language. 115 minutes. EEE Majestic 18. Gold: An unlikely pair venture to the Indonesian jungle in search of gold. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Edgar Ramírez and Bryce Dallas Howard. Directed by Stephen Gaghan. R. Language throughout, some sexuality/nudity. 121 minutes. EEE Country Club Reel, Northern Lights, Northgate Reel. The Great Wall: European mercenaries searching for black powder become embroiled in the defense of the Great Wall of China against a horde of monstrous creatures. Starring Matt Damon, Tian Jing and Pedro Pascal. Directed by Zhang Yimou. PG-13. Fantasy action violence. 103 minutes. EE 1/2 Edwards 21 (2D, 3D), Edwards 9, Edwards 14 (2D, 3D), Edwards 12 (2D, 3D), Majestic 18 (2D, 3D), Village Cinema.


Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people and becomes the first Conscientious Objector in American history to be awarded the Medal of Honor. Starring Andrew Garfield, Teresa Palmer and Vince Vaughn. Directed by Mel Gibson. R. Intense prolonged realistically graphic sequences of war violence including grisly bloody images. 138 minutes. EE 1/2 Country Club Reel, Northgate Reel. Hidden Figures: A team of African-American women provide NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch the program’s first successful space missions. Starring Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monae and Octavia Spencer. Directed by Theodore Melfi. PG. Thematic elements, some language. 126 minutes. EEE 1/2 Edwards 21, Edwards 9, ACADEMY AWARD® NOMINEE BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM













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The buzz on “The Great Wall” has been less excitement and more puzzlement and controversy. What project required Matt Damon to rock that man bun for years? Why does the poster for a movie called “The Great Wall” (as in China) have a huge picture of a white guy on it? All is now revealed, and “The Great Wall” defies any expectations — it’s absolutely bonkers wild. The Chinese film market is increasingly influential in Hollywood, with Chinese financing flowing to a diverse array of U.S. projects, and studio films increasingly catering to the tastes of Chinese audiences, resulting in more action, more spectacle, more humor. “The Great Wall” seems like a real U.S.-China coproduction, featuring Damon, director Zhang Yimou and a screenplay about Chinese folklore credited to a team of Hollywood screenwriters including Ed Zwick and Tony Gilroy. “The Great Wall” opens with some fun facts about the wall — it’s 5,500 miles long — and there are lots of legends. This is just one of them, and it involves Matt Damon fighting space dinosaurs off the Great Wall. China loves monsters, so monsters they’ll have. It’s like the battle for Helm’s Deep in “Lord of the Rings,” but with hordes of slobbering reptilian hyenas with T-Rex heads in-


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Edwards 14, Edwards 12, Majestic 18, Village Cinema. Jackie: Following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy fights through grief and trauma to regain her faith, console her children, and define her husband’s historic legacy. Starring Billy Crudup, John Hurt and Natalie Portman. Directed by Pablo Larrain. R. Brief strong violence, some language. 95 minutes. EEE Northgate Reel. John Wick: Chapter 2: After returning to the criminal underworld to repay a debt, John Wick discovers that a large bounty has been put on his life. Starring Keanu Reeves, Ian McShane and Ruby Rose. Directed by Chad Stahelski. R. Strong violence, language, brief nudity. 122 minutes. EEE Edwards 21, Edwards 9, Edwards 14, Edwards 12, Majestic 18, Village Cinema. La La Land: A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles. Starring Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone and Rosemarie DeWitt. Directed by Damien Chazelle. PG-13. Some profanity. 128 minutes. EEEE Edwards 21, Edwards 14, Majestic 18. The LEGO Batman Movie: Bruce Wayne must not only deal with the criminals of Gotham City, but also the responsibility of raising a boy he adopted. Voices of Will Arnett, Ralph Fiennes and Michael Cera. Directed by Chris McKay. PG. Rude humor, some action. 104 minutes. EEEE Edwards 21 (2D, 3D), Edwards 9 (2D, 3D), Edwards 14 (2D, 3D), Edwards 12 (2D, 3D), Majestic 18 (2D, 3D), Village Cinema, Terrace Drive-In. Lion: A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family. Starring Dev Patel, Sunny Pawar and Nicole Kidman. Directed by Garth Davis. PG-13. Thematic material, some sensuality. 120 minutes.

IDAHO STATESMAN EEE 1/2 Edwards 21, Edwards 12, Flicks, Majestic 18. Manchester By the Sea: An uncle is forced to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy’s father dies. Starring Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams and Kyle Chandler. Directed by Kenneth Lonergan. R. Language, some sexual content. 137 minutes. EEEE Edwards 21. Moana: A young woman uses her navigational talents to set sail for a fabled island, joined by her hero, the legendary demigod Maui. Voices of Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson and Rachel House. Directed by Ron Clements, Don Hall, John Musker and Chris Williams. PG. Peril, some scary images, brief thematic elements. 113 minutes. EEE 1/2 Edwards 21, Village Cinema, Country Club Reel (2D, 3D), Nampa Reel (2D, 3D), Northern Lights, Northgate Reel (2D, 3D), Overland Park. Monster Trucks: A high school senior discovers a creature who can act as the engine to his monster truck, allowing him to perform superhero feats. Starring Lucas Till, Jane Levy and Rob Lowe. Directed by Chris Wedge. PG. Mild action. 104 minutes. E Country Club Reel, Nampa Reel, Northern Lights, Northgate Reel, Overland Park. Moonlight: Chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami. Starring Mahershala Ali, Shariff Earp and Duan Sanderson. Directed by Barry Jenkins. R. Some sexuality, drug use, brief violence, language throughout. 110 minutes. EEEE Edwards 21.

planet and transporting thousands of people has a malfunction in its sleep chambers. As a result, two passengers are awakened 90 years early. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt and Michael Sheen. Directed by Morten Tyldum. PG-13. Sexuality, nudity, action/peril. 116 minutes. EE Edwards 21, Edwards 14, Edwards 12. Paterson: A quiet observation of the triumphs and defeats of daily life, along with the poetry evident in its smallest details. Starring Adam Driver and Golshifteh Farahani. Directed by Jim Jarmusch. R. Some language. 118 minutes. EEEE Flicks. Patriots Day: An account of Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis’ actions in the events leading up to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the aftermath, which includes the city-wide manhunt to find the terrorists behind it. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Alex Wolff and Michelle Monaghan. Directed by Peter Berg. R. 133 minutes. EEE Country Club Reel, Nampa Reel, Northern Lights, Northgate Reel, Overland Park. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter: Alice travels to the Hive in Raccoon City to battle the evil Umbrella Corp. Starring Milla Jovovich, Ruby Rose and Ali Larter. Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson. R. Violence throughout. 106 minutes. No review. Edwards 21, Edwards 14, Edwards 12.

Oscar nominated shorts: Short live action and animated films that have been nominated for Academy Awards. Not rated. No review. Flicks.

The Resurrection of Gavin Stone: A washed-up former child star, forced to do community service at a local megachurch, pretends to be a Christian to land the part of Jesus in their annual Passion Play, only to discover that the most important role of his life is far from Hollywood. Starring Brett Dalton, Anjelah Johnson-Reyes and Shawn Michaels. Directed by Dallas Jenkins. PG. Thematic elements including a crucifixion image. 92 minutes. EE Northgate Reel.

Passengers: A spacecraft traveling to a distant colony

Rings: A young woman finds herself on the receiving end of

a terrifying curse that threatens to take her life in seven days. Starring Vincent D’Onofrio, Laura Wiggins and Aimee Teegarden. Directed by F. Javier Gutierrez. PG-13. Violence/ terror, thematic elements, some sexuality, brief drug material. 102 minutes. E 1/2 Edwards 21, Edwards 14, Majestic 18. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story: The Rebellion makes a risky move to steal the plans to the Death Star, setting up the epic saga to follow. Starring Felicity Jones, Diego Luna and Alan Tudyk. Directed by Gareth Edwards. PG-13. Extended sequences of sci-fi violence and action. 133 minutes. EEE 1/2 Edwards 21, Edwards 14, Majestic 18. The Salesman: Story of a couple whose relationship begins to turn sour during their performance of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. Starring Taraneh Alidoosti, Shahab Hosseini and Babak Karimi. Directed by Asghar Farhadi. PG-13. Mature thematic elements, brief bloody image. 125 minutes. In Persian, English and French with English subtitles. EEE 1/2 Flicks. Sing: A koala named Buster Moon has one final chance to restore his theater to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition. Voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon and Taron Egerton. Directed by Garth Jennings. PG. Some rude humor, mild peril. 108 minutes. EE 1/2 Edwards 21, Edwards 14, Majestic 18, Village Cinema. The Space Between Us: The first human born on Mars travels to Earth for the first time, experiencing the wonders of the planet through fresh eyes. He embarks on an adventure with a street smart girl to discover how he came to be. Starring Britt Robertson, Asa Butterfield and Gary Oldman. Directed by Peter Chelsom. PG-13. Brief sensuality, language. 121 minutes. E 1/2 Majestic 18, Nampa Reel, Northern Lights.


Split: After three girls are kidnapped by a man with 24 distinct personalities, they must find some of the different personalities that can help them while running away and staying alive from the others. Starring James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy and Betty Buckley. Directed by M. Night Shyamalan. PG-13. Disturbing thematic content and behavior, violence, some language. 117 minutes. EEE Edwards 21, Edwards 9, Edwards 14, Edwards 12, Majestic 18, Village Cinema. Trolls: A troll princess and her companion, the one unhappy troll try to rescue her friends from being eaten by their nemeses. Voice of Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick and Zooey Deschanel. Directed by Walt Dohrn and Mike Mitchell. PG. Some mild rude humor. 92 minutes. EE 1/2 Country Club Reel, Nampa Reel, Northgate Reel, Overland Park. 20th Century Women: The story of three women who explore love and freedom in Southern California during the late 1970s. Starring Annette Bening, Elle Fanning and Greta Gerwig. Directed by Mike Mills. R. Sexual material, language, some nudity, brief drug use. 118 minutes. EEEE Majestic 18. Why Him?: A dad forms a bitter rivalry with his daughter’s young rich boyfriend. Starring Bryan Cranston, James Franco and Zoey Deutch. Directed by John Hamburg. R. Strong language, sexual material throughout. 111 minutes. EE Northern Lights, Northgate Reel. xXx: Return of Xander Cage: Xander Cage is left for dead after an incident, though he secretly returns to action for a new, tough assignment with his handler Augustus Gibbons. Starring Vin Diesel, Donnie Yen and Deepika Padukone. Directed by D.J. Caruso. PG-13. Violence, sexual material, language. 107 minutes. EE 1/2 Edwards 21.

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Doctor Strange Allied Moonlight Shut In Rules Don’t Apply Chronic Officer Downe All We Had Contract Killer Fuller House: The Complete First Season Wheeler — TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE

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1. The Accountant 2. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back 3. The Secret Life of Pets 4. Deepwater Horizon 5. Kevin Hart: What Now?


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1. “Shape of You,” Ed Sheeran 2. “Bad and Boujee,” Migos, featuring Lil Uzi Vert 3. “I don’t Wanna Live Forever,” Zayn/Taylor Swift 4. “Million Reasons,” Lady Gaga 5. “Bad Things,” Machine Gun Kelly x Camila Cabello

Albums 1. “I Decided,” Big Sean 2. “Joanne,” Lady Gaga 3. “Culture,” Migos 4. “Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope” 5. “Starboy,” The Weeknd

Country singles Boise rock trio The Hand will headline two album-release shows in conjunction with the Feb. 23 release of “Find a Reason.” The first is at 6 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Record Exchange, 1105 W. Idaho St. (free, all ages). The second is at 9 p.m. Feb. 24 at Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St. ($7, 21 and older).


3 new Boise albums: Lounge on Fire, Pravda, The Hand neling during “Flat on Your Back” — Anthony Kiedis or Isaac Brock?) These 10 quirky grooves make a solid case as the early frontrunner for local album of year, particularly in the spastic dancing category. THE RISING MEDIOCRITY Pravda Think Spock’s Beard. Think Umphrey’s McGee. Think Yes. Or think “no” — but only if Meridian prog-rock with jam-band

vibes isn’t your bag. On its fifth outing, Pravda tackles a wide array of lyrical topics (“Pandering to the Pinheads” feels like a fitting title in today’s grouchy political climate). Pravda’s time-signatureswappin’ formula is to blend vintage-sounding keyboards with metallic shred-guitar, emphasizing instrumental chops. It’s all fairly accessible, at least when you consider that the group’s last record was a concept album. facebook. com/pravdajamband.


Boise album sales 1. “American Spring,” Anti-Flag 2. “One More for the Road,” Curtis Stigers 3. “After the Party,” The Menzingers 4. “Run the Jewels 3,” Run the Jewels 5. “Little Fictions,” Elbow 6. “Real,” Lydia Loveless 7. “You Want It Darker,” Leonard Cohen 8. “I See You,” The xx 9. “Eponym,” Steve Fulton 10. “Petals,” Elephant Revival — THE RECORD EXCHANGE

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE by Tennessee Williams, Directed by Larry Dennis

(Drama, Adult Audiences)

FIND A REASON The Hand Birthed in the late ’90s and fronted by Scott Schmaljohn (Treepeople, Stuntman), The Hand returned with a retooled lineup a few years ago. The Boise power trio’s influences include “old blues, hard rock, pop and punk” ranging from “Black Sabbath to Black Flag.” Schmaljohn’s squealing guitar on the title track makes it clear why the group fit the bill for a West Coast tour with Built To Spill in 2016. Fans can get a taste firsthand when the nine-song release comes out Feb. 23 in conjunction with two Boise recordrelease shows. facebook. com/thehandrock. — MICHAEL DEEDS

This celebrated play had a long and successful run on Broadway and the road. A tragic and effective drama which ranks as one of the greatest in our theater. The play reveals to the very depths the character of Blanche du Bois, a woman whose life has been undermined by her romantic illusions, which lead her to reject—so far as possible—the realities of life with which she is faced and which she consistently ignores. The pressure brought to bear upon her by her sister, with whom she goes to live in New Orleans, intensified by the earthy and extremely “normal” young husband of the latter, leads to a revelation of her tragic self-delusion and, in the end, to madness.

SHOW DATES & TIMES: Feb. 24, 25, March 3, 4, 10, 11, 8pm March 2 & 9, 7:30pm; March 5 & 11, 2pm RESERVATIONS: 342-5104 or •100 E Fort St., Boise


A romantic comedy about a married couple adding a dog to their home.

by A.R. Gurney. Directed by Jeff Thomson A modern romantic comedy about a marriage and a dog. Greg brings home a stray dog (Sylvia) he found in the park who becomes a major bone of contention between husband and wife. Sylvia offers Greg an escape from the frustrations of his job and the unknowns of middle age. To Greg’s wife Kate, Sylvia becomes a rival for his affection and the marriage is put in serious jeopardy. “I can only call it one of the most involving, beautiful, funny, touching and profound plays I have ever seen…” —NY Daily News.

SHOW DATES: 3/3, 3/4, 3/9, 3/10, 3/11, 3/12, 3/16, 3/17, 3/18 Contains adult themes and language. The bar is open before all performances and at intermissions. TICKETS: $15.00.

RESERVATIONS: 208.342.2000 or 4802 W. Emerald, Boise, ID


LIPS OF CALYPSO Lounge on Fire Known for horn-blasting, pheromone-releasing gigs, small army Lounge on Fire couldn’t be faulted if its “sexadelic freak funk” didn’t quite translate on album. But instead of letting the perspiration dry in the recording studio, these seven dudes set the place ablaze. Singerguitarist Nathan Norton uncorks lyrics with the urgency of a carnival barker and the rhythmic playfulness of an MC. (Who exactly is he chan-

2. “Better Man,” Little Big Town 3. “Dirt on my Boots,” Jon Pardi 4. “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” Keith Urban 5. “Seein’ Red,” Dustin Lynch

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